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'Three Kings Day' Cake Recipe
Dreikoenigstag, Epiphany, brings to an end the Christmas season and in Germany one of many traditions for the day is enjoying a piece of King's Cake, with the 'crowning' of whoever is the 'Lucky One' and finds a Christkind figure, or dried white bean, in their portion.
Celebrating New Year in Germany
New Years Eve in Germany is a mix of traditions, old, new, and based partly on customs from the country's pagan past. It is designed to ensure the coming year will have the best chance possible of becoming a vintage one, so here's how a German 'Silvester' is celebrated.
Feuerzangenbowle, a Traditional Hot Punch Recipe
Germany’s Feuerzangenbowle, Flaming Fire Tongs Punch, made with red wine, rum and sugar flambé, is not only a traditional Christmas and New Year’s drink but a favorite throughout the winter and holiday season.
Christmas in Germany
Christmas Eve, "Heiligabend", is not only the most eagerly awaited but also the most significant of Germany's Twelve Days of Christmas. "Weihnachten" is filled with celebrations and age old customs, and a rich and colorful mix of the religious, secular, traditional, folk and food.
German Christmas Cookie Recipes
Vanilla Crescents and Cinnamon Stars are two of the most popular Weihnachts plaetzen. The traditional 'Holiday Cookies', or Weihnachtskekse, which are a central and indispensable part of a Christmas in Germany.
Germany's Prehistoric Solar Observatory
Solstice was an important seasonal midpoint celebration for the pre-history agricultural civilization that 7,000 years ago created Germany's Goseck Circle. It pre-dates Stonehenge by at least two millennia and is probably the world's oldest solar observatory.
Currywurst, Germany's Sausage and Sauce, a Recipe
For many Germans life without Currywurst is unthinkable. Grilled sausage with curry sauce, it's an iconic fast food snack enjoyed everywhere from tourist spots to city streets, as well as a favorite photo opportunity for Presidents and Prime Ministers. With recipe for the special sauce.
Germany's Christmas Markets
Advent in Germany and the traditional "Weihnachtsmaerkte" begin to open. Famous the world over the Christmas Markets, with their enchanting nostalgic atmosphere and delicious seasonal aromas, are an intrinsic and unforgettable part of the German holiday season.
German Caramelized Almonds Recipe
Caramelized Almonds, freshly cooked and bought from festival or street side stalls or homemade, are delicious candied almonds enjoyed throughout the year in Germany. And Christmas, Weihnachtsmaerkte, Gluehwein and Gebrannte Mandeln are an unbeatable combination.
St. Nicholas in Germany
Without St. Nicholas there would be no Santa Claus. His reputation as a secret benefactor and giver of gifts made him the inspiration for Sinterklaas, and with St. Nicholas Eve on December 5, and December 6 St. Nicholas Day, "Nikolaus" is still a magical time in many areas of Germany.
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